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Subject: Math in HTML (was: Re: HTML4 (or 3.1))
From: lilley <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 2 Oct 95 14:34:05 EDT

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Paul Burchard said:

> "Eric W. Sink" <[log in to unmask]> writes:

> > Anything labelled HTML 3.n or 4 is going to carry the
> > connotation that it supports math.

Well, academics have certainly been waiting for HTML to do equations
ever since HTML+ first saw light of day. Of course, those companies 
driving web development who see [web content] == [advertising and EDI]
see no need for equations.

> I hope not, or we'll be using HTML 2.99999... well into the next  
> century.  As a mathematician, I don't forsee HTML ever being  
> competitive with TeX-based hyperformats.

Right, so every time you want to view a document with equations you 
leap off into another document format in a different client - yuk.

On the other hand ... 

  <embed src="eqn37.tex"><alt>e=mc<sup>2</sup></alt></embed>

If it is possible to sort out the security considerations of TeX and 
squeeze it through the tortuous "lightweight" MIME registration process 
this might be an attractive option. The HTML 3.0 draft appears to have 
no ambitions beyond implementing a subset of TeX anyway.

Chris Lilley, Technical Author
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